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Twins optioned C Chris Herrmann to Triple-A Rochester.

Herrmann merely provided an additional bat off of the bench while the Twins were dealing with some injuries. He has made a nice impression in a limited sample, hitting .462 (6-for-13) with a homer and four RBI. He's likely to return to the Twins at some point this summer.
Sat, Jun 15, 2013 12:00:00 AM

Aledmys Diaz paid tribute to his friend Jose Fernandez on Tuesday, hitting a grand slam en route to the Cardinals' 12-5 drubbing of the Reds.

Diaz, who was away from the team in recent days to be with Fernandez' family, smacked a Robert Stephenson fastball into the left-center field bleachers to give the Cardinals the lead in the fourth inning. As he touched home he pointed to the sky in remembrance of his boyhood friend, and again Diaz gestured to the heavens after a curtain call from Cardinals fans. The 26-year-old will surely be playing with a heavy heart for as long as the Cards stay in it, but Tuesday was a moment he likely won't forget.
Sep 28 - 1:13 AM

Jefry Marte went 2-for-4 with a grand slam in Tuesday's 8-1 win over the A's

Marte stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and nobody out in the fourth inning. Facing off against Daniel Mengden, he proceeded to launch a 405-foot bomb to dead central to jump the Angels to a 5-0 lead. That was more than enough for a game Ricky Nolasco. In addition to the granny, Marte also picked up a double. He has done a nice job in a complementary role this season, hitting .251/.307/.461 with 13 homers and 42 RBI over 243 at-bats.
Sep 28 - 1:05 AM

Freddie Freeman went 2-for-3 with a solo homer to extend his hitting streak to 29 games in Tuesday's win over the Phillies.

The first baseman's longball in the fourth inning off of Jerad Eickhoff extended the hit streak, and Freeman added a walk and a single, scoring three runs on the night. He's also reached base in 45 straight contests, a streak that extends back to August 5. Freeman's batting line this season is up to .307/.404/.576.
Sep 28 - 12:54 AM

Ryan Howard hit his 15th career grand slam in Tuesday's loss to the Braves.

Howard followed a couple singles and a walk in the first inning with a long one to right field off of Julio Teheran. He also added a single in a later at-bat. Howard's .196/.259/.453 batting line is awfully ugly, but he's still hitting balls over the boards with 24 home runs. It's his highest home run total since 2011.
Sep 28 - 12:47 AM

George Springer went 3-for-5 with a two-run double and two runs scored to help the Astros double up the Mariners 8-4 on Tuesday.

Springer singled and scored leading off the first inning, but it was his double with the bases loaded in the sixth inning that made the difference. That two-run knock gave the Astros a lead, and they would hold onto it to keep pace in the hunt for a spot in the AL Wild Card game. Springer is the owner of an eight-game hitting streak during which he's 17-for-36. The good stretch has his overall line up to .262/.362/.458 with 28 homers, 81 RBI, 115 runs scored and nine steals.
Sep 28 - 12:42 AM

Carlos Gomez hit a three-run home run and the Rangers topped the Brewers 6-4 on Tuesday.

Gomez jumped on a pitch by his former teammate Jimmy Nelson in the third inning, tying the game with his three-run shot. He's now got seven homers, 21 RBI and 18 runs scored since joining the Rangers in late August, a signal that perhaps a change of scenery was all the 30-year-old needed. Gomez will make for an interesting free agent case this offseason.
Sep 28 - 12:06 AM

Roman Quinn left Tuesday's game against the Braves with a strained left oblique.

Quinn was 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored before departing in the sixth inning. The injury is almost certainly going to end his cup of coffee with the Phillies, given that oblique strains typically require 3-4 weeks of rest and rehab. Quinn, a highly-regarded outfield prospect, batted .263/.373/.333 with four doubles and five stolen bases over his first 15 major leagues.
Sep 27 - 11:48 PM

Raul Mondesi walked, stole a base and scored the game-winning run in the 11th inning as the Royals outlasted the Twins 4-3 on Tuesday.

Mondesi wasn't even a starter Tuesday, entering in the late stages after Cheslor Cuthbert was pinch-run for. Mondesi got a chance to hit in the 11th, though, and drew a leadoff walk. He then stole second base -- his ninth steal of the year -- and came around to score on a sacrifice fly four batters later. The 21-year-old should compete for a roster spot, possibly even the starting second base gig, next spring.
Sep 27 - 11:34 PM

Jay Bruce went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer as the Mets rolled over the Marlins 12-1 on Tuesday.

Bruce snapped out of a deep funk with a pinch-hit homer in Saturday's game against the Phillies, and he's now 6-for-14 with two homers, three RBI, and four runs scored in his last four games including that pinch-hit appearance. It's coming at just the right time for the Mets, too, as they angle for a Wild Card spot. They'll need Bruce, who now has 31 total homers and 94 total runs scored, firing on all cylinders if they hope to make a deep run in October.
Sep 27 - 11:00 PM

Justin Verlander faced little resistance from the Indians on Tuesday, punching out a season-high 12 batters over 7 2/3 shutout frames in a 12-0 victory.

The Indians sent out their "hangover" lineup a day after clinching the American League Central, but Verlander and the Wild Card-hunting Tigers aren't going to complain. The righty yielded just four singles and one walk on the day, as the Tribe reached second base just once all night. Of course, Verlander could have easily done this against any lineup with the way he's been pitching. He boasts a 1.93 ERA and 48/9 K/BB ratio over 32 2/3 innings in September and easily leads the American League with his 246 strikeouts. Assuming the Tigers still need a start from him, Verlander will get the Braves in Atlanta on Sunday.
Sep 27 - 10:51 PM

Miguel Cabrera fell a triple shy of the cycle and drove in five runs in Tuesday's win over the Indians.

Miggy doubled in two runs in the first inning, launched a three-run homer in the second, was intentionally walked in the fourth and singled in the seventh. He was pulled after the seventh in the Tigers' blowout win, potentially costing him a shot at an unlikely triple and cycle. Cabrera's 35 home runs are easily his highest total since his MVP season in 2013.
Sep 27 - 10:37 PM




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